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Stitch Fix awards grants to six Black designers

By Kristopher Fraser

Jan 15, 2021

Stitch Fix has named its first round of recipients for its Elevate program, a grant and mentorship program designed to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs in fashion at an early stage of business growth. Stitch Fix created Elevate to accelerate change within the industry and their own vendor base, in support of their vision for a more equitable and diverse retail landscape.

Elevate will award a 25,000 grant dollar grant to six recipients and provide eight months of advisory support from leadership across Stitch Fix based on the recipients’ expressed interests, ongoing support from its Algorithms team, as well as mentorship sessions with Stitch Fix’s founder and CEO, Katrina Lake, and Brandice Daniel, CEO, and founder of its program partner, Harlem’s Fashion Row. In addition, recipients will receive amplification through Stitch Fix’s marketing channels and orders for their product to be sold on Stitch Fix as well as opportunities for connection among the grantee cohort throughout the program. 

The recipients include Diarrablu, a women’s lifestyle brand focused on sustainability founded by Diarra Bousso, Kahmune, a luxury line offering a range of footwear and accessories in ten skin tone hues founded by Jamela Acheampong, Busayo a Brooklyn-based fashion brand focused on colorful prints and Nigerian culture founded by Busayo Olupona, Marcus Alexander, a footwear company offering utilitarian footwear for men and women founded by Marcus Thomas, Sarep + Rose, an ethical fashion accessories brand offering authentic, artisanal leather goods founded by Robin Sirleaf, and Chloe Kristyn, a functional line marketed toward modern women founded by Bettina Benson.